Fantasy Football Week 4 - The Injury Bug

Welcome back to another session of Fantasy tips and tricks. This week we’re discussing the inevitable injury bug and how to survive if your star players are out for a few weeks.

By this point in the season you have a pretty good idea of how good (or bad) your team is going to be. Your stars are either performing or they aren’t. There have been a couple big name injuries already that have plagued some teams (Saquon Barkley, Drew Brees, and Tyreek Hill to name a few). But the good news is there are some solid waiver wire pickups that can help get your team back on track to make the playoffs and potentially win your league. 

1). If you lost Saquon Barkley

This one hurts. He was likely the #1 overall pick in your fantasy league, and for good reason. He was looking like a #1 overall pick, rushing for over 100 yards in each of the first two weeks. Questionable play calling from the Giants prevented him from getting even more touches and in return, more yards and more TD’s. Losing a guy like Barkley can be season ending for your fantasy team if you don’t have good RB depth.

The first option in everyone’s playbook when the star RB goes down is to immediately try to pick up his backup. In this case it is Wayne Gallman, 3rd year back out of Clemson. He is going to be the Giants new workhorse in the backfield. Especially with the emergence of their new young QB Daniel Jones, the G-men are going to use Gallman to help take some pressure off Jones. The only other member of the backfield currently is their FB, Elijah Penny. All signs point to Gallman being a huge part of this offense until Barkley returns.

2). If you lost Tyreek Hill

Hopefully you’ve found a replacement for Tyreek by now considering he went down early week 1. However, there are still a ton of good young WR’s that have come on the scene making an impact in the fantasy world that you should keep an eye out for. 

First, ANY OF THE OTHER KANSAS CITY WR’S! Patrick Mahomes (once again) is a freak of nature and is spreading the ball out to guys like DeMarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman and the KC offense hasn’t lost a step since losing Tyreek. Pick them up now if they’re available. Lucky for you, Tyreek will likely be playing again in the next few weeks, but it’s still a good idea to try to grab a replacement for the time being. 

Next, if he isn’t already picked up, get Terry McLaurin from the Washington Redskins. He is an explosive rookie that is quickly becoming their favorite target in DC

Lastly, if you are looking for WR depth in general, Golden Tate is coming off a 4 game suspension next week and could be a great pickup. He’s available in 44% of yahoo leagues, and that number is rising fast (up 7% in the last 24 hrs)! He’ll be ready to go for week 5

3). If you lost Drew Brees

Year in and year out, Drew Brees is a top 5 QB in the league in almost every category, including fantasy points. This year was starting to look the same, with a 300+ yd 2 TD game week 1. After a broken thumb in Week 2 which requires surgery, its looking like Drew will be sidelined for the majority of the regular season. Losing Drew Brees is a tough blow for any fantasy team, but lucky for you, the QB position is one of the most versatile of the fantasy realm. 

I alluded to him earlier, but Daniel Jones could be a great pickup for any team needing a QB. He lit up the Tampa Bay Bucs in his career debut throwing for 300+ yards, 2 passing TDs and another TD on the ground and more importantly for the people of New York, a win. He looks like he could be the future of the Giants franchise and if he keeps playing like he did last week, he will be a must start on your fantasy team each week. Keep in mind, it was only one game and he is still a rookie.. If that worries you, then try going after a veteran like Jameis Winston or Matthew Stafford to put up on average 15-18 points per game.

Another QB to keep an eye out for is Indianapolis’s Jacoby Brissett. He’s only owned in 20% of Yahoo leagues and he will continue to put up points for that Colts offense. 

Good luck the rest of the way everyone. Pray the injury bug doesn’t consume your team, but if it does, work that waiver wire like a champ and you might just sneak into the playoffs.

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